Monday, August 26, 2013

Dangerous Mold Count in the U.S. Mid-West Triggers Air Quality Alert

The Midwest is experiencing dangerous levels of mold in the air. triggering the first "dangerous air" alert  for the 2013 allergy reporting season. The Gottlieb Allergy Count, the official allergy count for the Midwest, reports the mold count as 53,000, a high for 2013, and well over the 50,000 threshold that signals a dangerous air quality warning.

“The 90 degree heat, the humidity and the noxious levels of mold combined with the high levels of weed and ragweed pollen spell health hazards for many in the Midwest,” said Dr. Joseph Leija, allergist, who performs the Gottlieb Allergy Count, the only consistent allergy count for the Midwest. “Children are going back to school....and many may have their first sick day of the year due to breathing problems."

High mold counts may cause headaches, congestion, fatigue and runny noses to those with sensitive respiratory systems.

The Gottlieb Allergy Count is available free to the public at

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